Monday, May 6, 2013

Picking your own Tulips in Holland

Make plans and you will make God laugh; this is what my father always tells me. And boy is he right!
The pictures you will see are from our 4th intent to make it out to Lisse. The town where we went last year to pick tulips, and the only place we know we can do this.

First time: There was a flower carnival, impossible to get there, all roads closed.
Second time: We arrived just to find out tulips were still not in bloom (due to a very cold spring).
Third time: The traffic was unbearable (did I mention the road, one lane each, is being renovated?) we drove back.
Fourth time: We made it by a tiny bit of patience, and yes it was rewarded. Indeed!!

See? I told you so. In my mind I'm always dreaming of the day I'll be able to go back to those tulip fields. It is like color therapy or something of the sort.

7 euros for all you can fit in a bucket is not a bad idea, is it? Not only are you in color heaven that day but your house will be for the rest of the week.
At this moment every single vase and container in my house is filled with all the prettiness that we brought back from our short trip.

Not bad for not giving up, huh? I can't wait to go back, that is when my vases no longer have tulips in them and when the thermometer for my patience is a bit on the higher part.

I hope all this color makes you as happy as it made me.
May your week be bright and warm (not too warm though)!
P.S: "Never, never, never give up." - W. Churchill


  1. AnonymousMay 06, 2013

    That's on my list of places to go. We've tried a few times but the timing wasn't right.

    Is that sand around all the tulip beds?

    Great photos!

    1. The timing is quite a thing with these bulbs, but when you make it you'll see that it was well worth it.
      Yes it is sand. All of it, very nice actually.

  2. I remember seeing this from afar when traveling through Holland as a kid. Always loved the colors (and still do). How does it smell? Super flowery?

    1. Even from far they look wonderful, because you see all this green and all of sudden so much color! Where the hyacinths were it smelled really amazing. Where the tulips are there is no particular smell, but then again my sense of smell is rather weak ;)

  3. Wow! Such an amazing burst of colour. Beautiful pictures. xx

    1. It is quite unexpected even though I saw them last year it still was, all that color is pretty unbelievable!! Thank you!

  4. Did i mention that a great part of my family are bulb-growers? Not in Lisse, but more up north. As a kid i loved the colours, but NOT the feeling of the leaves and stems of tulips! They squeak! And that gave me the goose-pimples. I grew over it though, love putting them in a vase now :)

    1. I never knew that about your family. It must have been pretty neat growing up near to such beauty. It is good that you now feel better about touching the tulips, I understood when you said squeak, as they feel a bit like rubber, or mushy as if water or some strange liquid will come out ;)


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